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Rent and Food Push ‘Living Wage’ Up 17 Per Cent

By Zak Vescera, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The cost of life in British Columbia has risen at a record rate this year as runaway rent and food prices erode savings and squeeze wallets. 

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ 2022 Working for a Living Wage report  found two parents in Metro Vancouver would each need to make $24.08 an  hour to afford housing, food, child care and other expenses for a family  of four, up 17 per cent from $20.52 in 2021. The minimum wage in B.C.  is $15.65. 

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How High-Priced Housing Became a Union Issue

By Zak Vescera,  The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Paul Finch’s union is about to become a landlord.

The BC General Employees’ Union hopes to start building a 292-unit housing development in Burnaby next year, and at least 50 per cent of the units will rent at below-market rates. The building will also include new offices for the union.

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2019: CorilAir serves Campbell River and the Discovery Islands

[from the Archives: Oct 11, 2019]

Cortes Island Air was based in Gorge Harbour in the 1990s. That was before Richard Godfrey sold the company to Mike Farrel in 2000. Farrel relocated to Campbell River, but preserved the company’s origins in its new name. CorilAIr is short for Cortes Island Airlines. 

While the airline now flies out of Campbell River, it still serves Cortes and the other Discovery Islands. 

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2020: Linda Solomon Wood Talks About Cortes Island & Journalism

(From the Archives: May 16, 2020)

Many of you probably know Linda Solomon Wood as the Editor-in-Chief of the CANADA’S NATIONAL OBSERVER, but the award winning investigative journalist lived on Cortes Island for five years after 9/11. While she currently lives in Vancouver, Linda returns every summer. I recently had a chance to interview her about her life and why, as the editor of a national publication, she recently hired a reporter to cover Cortes and Quadra Islands

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‘Your Nation’s Table’ TV series on BC’s sustainable seafood industry nears completion

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

Your Nation’s Table TV series on BC’s sustainable seafood industry premiers this fall on Nov. 15.

Producer/host Carmen Ruiz y Laza says shooting has finished on five of the six episodes. She adds that the series highlights  families involved in sustainable fisheries harvesting salmon, albacore tuna, spot prawns, geoduck, sable fish (also known as black cod), and dungeness crab. Salmon, spot prawns and geoduck are all harvested in the waters off Cortes Island.

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